An Affordable Therapeutic Service with an Individual Focus
Amanda Swan BSc MA Cert Hyp CS Full Enhanced DBS
As well as offering hypnotherapy services, I am a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor in training under the National Counselling Society. I am currently offering counselling as a part of my course requirement and training. This counselling is low cost which means it is more accessible for people who otherwise may not be able to access counselling. I work in a Humanistic and Integrative approach (please go to . If you would like to find out more please contact me by filling out the contact form below or message/call me and I will be happy to have an informal discussion about how I can help you.
My training and experience originates from a deep interest in psychology where I obtained a BSc and went on to study criminology at MA Level. I am also interested in crime, its social aspects and how this impacts on psychology. I then discovered that even though I have an interest in crime and society my real interest lies within people, and how people psychologically respond to the situations they find themselves in.
I discovered whilst working closely with people that there were many mental health difficulties and psychological disorders. I wanted to help these people. These difficulties often related to anxiety, depression or stress. I wanted to pursue this avenue of mental health and use my existing experience to help people.
I wanted to specialise in anxiety, depression, stress and trauma based problems, particularly childhood trauma. I then decided to train as a psychotherapist. This initially led me to hypnotherapy where I use hypnosis to put the mind into a trance state and give positive suggestions to the sub-conscious. I am now a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist where I help people feel an improved sense of well-being using a natural method. Making changes within oneself is not only long lasting, it is literally life changing.
Today I continue to train as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor where I support people in talking therapy on a clinical placement. It is a privileged to work with people so closely. Whether I see a client for weight loss or childhood trauma, a persons experience is their experience and no one else's, so if I am able to be beside you in your journey towards a healthier you then you can be sure of a very safe, non-judgmental and confidential companion.
Most recently I have begun training with Cruse Bereavement Care, the bereavement charity, where I am being trained in a specific area of counselling which requires a slightly different approach compared to counselling in general. When I am qualified with Cruse I will specialise in bereavement and loss counselling as well as my other work.
... on your journey to a more positive well-being. Come and try a taster session if you have never tried hypnosis before.
Expect nothing less than pure relaxation in hypnosis with the knowledge that you are on a path to something better...
I am pleased to be able to offer a very personalised hypnotherapy treatment service whereby every client is treated as a unique individual with their own needs and requirements. Each session is specifically tailored to those needs and requirements by the formulation of a treatment plan. This plan is put together with you, the client, at the centre of your therapy.
My aim is to help you achieve the goals you want to achieve through change and the process of hypnotherapy. I focus on helping you feel more positive and in control of your well-being so that when you leave my treatment room you feel that you are making positive progress. Feeling in control and more positive after your treatment will help build your confidence and furthermore, your self-esteem. This alone enables you to become even more motivated and inspired than before to make the changes you want to make. It really is that simple.
As your therapist I will accompany you through this journey of change at your pace. It is my promise to you that I will provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space where I listening to your concerns and facilitate your progression, however long or short that may be.
Below are a list of the hypnotherapy services I offer. If your request is not listed below, please contact me and I will be happy to discuss your requirements with you. Each session is for one hour with the exception of an assessment which may take longer. As an independent therapist I can offer flexibility in some cases. All sessions are £45 per session except the two hour stop smoking session.
This is a double session of two hours where we will look at why you smoke and what you believe the benefits of stopping smoking are. We will look at what effect smoking has on the body, how we can use this to help you stop smoking and then we will do guided relaxation and hypnosis where you listen to my voice to put those positive messages into your sub-conscious mind to stop you smoking once and for all. You will then leave as a non-smoker.
Hypnotherapy is great way to reduce the feeling of anxiousness. This is because you are gently guided through a progressive muscle relaxation into hypnosis. The symptoms of anxiety such as palpitations will begin to disperse because you are relaxing your mind and body. After discussing with you in your assessment what makes you feel anxious, I will then use this information to help reduce your fears by tapping into your subconscious mind and making the changes that you want to make.
Hypnotherapy can help you control overwhelming feelings of stress by helping your body remember what it is like to feel relaxed. Often we become overly stressed in our busy lives, and although some stress is healthy and motivating, an unhealthy level of stress is detrimental to our health. My clients often report feeling significantly less stressed after just one session. The great thing about hypnotherapy is that the effects of hypnosis lasts days, weeks and often months after treatment.
Anger is a completely natural reaction which carries large amounts of energy and it is this energy which needs to be expressed. Everyone expresses emotions in different ways. Hypnotherapy can help you understand your anger in a non-judgmental space. I offer a completely safe and confidential place for you to express how you feel, and the deep relaxation in hypnosis can also help you find ways to relax and help you work through your anger by taking time to concentrate on you and what you need.
Hypnotherapy most importantly helps you take control of your eating by replacing negative habits with healthy habits. It is like reprogramming your mind, and if motivation is a difficulty for you, hypnosis helps you subconsciously visualise your goal, keeping you energised and positive. I also offer in between sessions support where you can contact me should you need that little bit extra motivation to get you through to the next session. I am determined that you will reach your goal.
Whether short term or long term the symptoms of depression are similar, but the severity of symptoms can differ from person to person. Hypnotherapy is a good way to help you to regulate and take control some of the emotion discomfort you feel. The one thing that the deep relaxation in hypnosis does is to allow the body to repair and rejuvenate. In hypnosis emotions become calmer, like turning down the intensity dial and as a consequence the mind becomes. This enables you to feel more in control.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be a constant battle coping with stomach cramps, having an upset stomach and feeling as though leaving the house is not an option. Hypnotherapy can help significantly reduce the symptoms of IBS by reducing the feelings of anxiousness. After a session of hypnosis clients feel they gain control over their IBS and this consequently reduces their symptoms even more. Hypnotherapy can also help you find the root cause of your IBS by looking at stress factors.
Teeth grinding is a very unpleasant symptom of anxiety. Teeth grinding can cause a lot of discomfort and pain as well as expensive dental treatments. Hypnotherapy can significantly reduce teeth grinding and the consequent pain and discomfort that teeth grinding brings. Progressive muscle relaxation and hypnosis helps not only to find the root cause of this problem but to help the whole body relax, thus reducing the the aching, discomfort and sometimes pain of teeth grinding.
I will help you learn relaxation techniques, basic meditation and guide you into hypnosis so that you can use these techniques in your own time and feel more in control as a consequence. Feeling in control will increase your confidence and self-esteem, helping you to pass your driving test with less nerves and anxiety. Research shows that imagining being in that scenario can significantly reduce your fear of that situation. You will feel safe and comfortable as I help you control your nerves.
Feeling stressed and anxious is very common before exams. Often just the word exam is enough to increase anxiety, but there is a way of controlling these feelings. Hypnosis can help you take back control over how you revise, approach the coming weeks before your exam/s and also help you feel more comfortable by being more relaxed on the day. Yes, this is possible! I will help you learn relaxation techniques, basic meditation coupled with guiding you into hypnosis for a more relaxed you.
Hypnotherapy is a wonderful way of getting in touch with yourself by taking time out to listen to what your body needs. As you learn to relax, you will feel more in control, thus increasing yourself confidence and self-esteem. I will tap into your sub-conscious mind through hypnosis to give you positive messages about yourself and how you will be able to achieve your goals. You will be able to strive to achieve what you set your mind to.
Fibromyalgia discomfort, including fatigue and all over body pain, can be relieved through hypnotherapy. I have seen peoples condition significantly improve through deep relaxation and hypnosis. I will guide you into hypnosis so I can talk to you sub-conscious mind to deliver messages of comfort and control over the pain that you feel. The deep guided relaxation will reduce pain in your muscles, help you deal with discomfort and lessen the fatigue that you feel.
Use hypnosis to let go of any unwanted phobia so you can get on with doing the things you want to do. Fears of heights, spiders, needles or flying for example can be disabling and debilitating. You can feel free again and back in control of what you want to do just by listening to my voice in hypnosis.
Young people are incredibly susceptible to hypnosis. Hypnotherapy encourages young people to be as relaxed and as open as they feel comfortable with. This allows time to explore what may be troubling them, and with hypnosis I use visualisation to understand their difficulties. There is no expectation and no judgement for young people to have to do anything when they come to see me. We just take it one step at a time, in a way that is comfortable to them.
With the exception of a taster session, each session will last for one hour.
Ideal for those who just want to try Progressive Muscles Relaxation, Visualisation and Hypnosis before making any commitment to an assessment and full hypnotherapy sessions.
You will be invited for an assessment prior to your hypnotherapy treatment so that we can put together a treatment plan that suits your needs.
Each hypnotherapy session is part of your treatment. I will gently guide you into hypnosis where I will make changes to your subconscious mind using positive suggestion. You will feel very relaxed after hypnosis to which you can feel the effects over the next 2-3 days.
If you would like your child to try hypnotherapy for the first time, a taster session is the best way. I will help your child relax by asking them to tell me a few things about themselves, and generally get to know them before I take them through some guided relaxation into hypnosis. As hypnosis is all about imagination, children often find this easy to do. This is why children are very susceptible to hypnosis.
In the first instance you and your child will be invited for an assessment. At an assessment we will discuss your child's needs and I will explain how hypnotherapy can help your child. We can then put together a treatment plan depending on your child's needs. All treatment will be discussed with you and not put into place without your consent.
Each hypnotherapy session is part of your child's treatment. I will gently guide your child into hypnosis where I will facilitate your child to use their imagination. This allows your child to be in hypnosis and feel in control of their own thoughts. Your child will be relaxed and well cared for during each session. It is usually best for parents not to be present during treatment to avoid distraction.
From time to time I send out information about discounted sessions and/or information about hypnotherapy. If you would like to receive this please submit your email address below.
If you have never experienced hypnotherapy before then a taster session is an option for you.
During a taster session it is your chance to tell me what you would like to achieve from hypnotherapy. I can then discuss with you how hypnotherapy can help improve your health and well-being by explaining how positive suggestion into your subconscious mind can make the changes that you want to make. I will also explain how hypnotherapy works to show you how beneficial this type of therapy can be for your health, as well helping to prevent problems in the future. I will answer any questions you may have about the process and how I work. I will then take you through a guided progressive muscle relaxation and hypnosis session so you can experience how it feels to go into the hypnotic trance. All you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy. After this you will begin to understand the health benefits that hypnotherapy can bring and have the option of booking an assessment for treatment. An assessment will take a more detailed description of why you would like hypnotherapy treatment from which a treatment plan will be made.
Before you go ahead with any hypnotherapy treatment, I will conduct an assessment with you so that I can understand what you would like to achieve from the treatment. You may have a specific goal in mind such as weight loss or stopping smoking, or you may not be sure where the treatments will take you, only that you would like to feel a more positive sense of well-being and improve your health by reducing the symptoms of anxiety or depression.
I will explain to you how I work with hypnosis so that you are as relaxed as possible when you come to start your treatment. Relaxation is the key, however there is no expectation and everyone relaxes at a different pace. My aim is to work with you.
From the information you give me I will then form a treatment plan with you so that when we meet for your first session you will know what to expect. Treatment plans can and do change as therapy progresses so regular reviews for long term treatments is very common. Additionally if you have any concerns or want to make changes to your treatment please do discuss this with me at any point in your sessions. For short term treatments, this may not always be necessary but feel assured that you will always be listened to.
Following your assessment, you are now ready to begin your treatment.
Treatments sessions are an hour long and often include a discussion at the beginning to see how you are getting on and then I will help you into a guided progressive muscle relaxation and into hypnosis so that the work can begin on making the changes in your subconscious mind.
I use positive suggestion into the subconscious mind based on the information taken at your assessment. This can change session by session or it can be a case of reinforcing week by week a set of ideas that you have, depending on the goal you want to achieve. Most clients find that reinforcing week by week brings some very good results, and often clients feel that fortnightly and monthly 'top-ups' are beneficial before they finally 'go it alone!'. Whatever your requirements I aim to see everyone as an individual with individual requirements.
Your goal will be my goal too.
Bus: From Canterbury bus station take Stagecoach from Bay B5: Chartham 1A to St Augustine's and get off at Beech Avenue. You will be almost right outside my therapy room.
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